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The University of Essex celebrated 50 years of excellence in education and research in 2014. Founded to be daring and different, the University continues to challenge convention and conduct pioneering research. Placed in the top 20 UK universities for research quality, and having been awarded the best possible award of Gold in the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment, Essex is an international community for original thinkers. The University boasts of leading research expertise across commercial law, public law and human rights law. 

Research in forms the University's teaching, providing a transformational living and learning experience which equips students with the skills, knowledge and curiosity to build successful careers. With more than 14,000 students from 140 countries, Essex graduates develop a genuine world view. 

Essex is a campus-based university located within an hour from Central London, offering guaranteed on-campus accommodation and excellent study and leisure facilities. 

Essex Law School is ‘freer, more daring and more experimental’ than a traditional law school. Your legal education has to be relevant and responsive to the needs of a changing society, so the School's approach is global in outlook, based on justice, and engaged with real-world problems. Essex Law School is also home to the largest double-degree programme in the UK, with students qualifying to practise in both France and England and Wales. 

The Human Rights Centre at Essex is one of the oldest academic human rights centres in the world and enjoys a global reputation as a leader in the field of human rights research, practice, and education. Essex established the first graduate course in international human rights law in the UK in 1983. The Human Rights Centre was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2010 in recognition of the University's work in advancing global human rights. Students are able to gain practical experience with the Essex Law Clinic and Human Rights Clinic. Students are also able to take part in work placement, internship and study abroad opportunities during the course. 


It's in our DNA to teach and research law to make the world a better place. So, at Essex, we encourage you take your legal thinking beyond the classroom. Practical experience on your course and through extracurricular activities develops your legal and transferable skills, helping you to stand out from the crowd, whether your future lies in law or another field. 

We recognise the importance of networking. Throughout the year, there are careers talks on campus by legal professionals working in a wide range of roles and law firms offer opportunities to visit their offices. We run an annual law careers fair that brings international, regional and local law firms and other employers onto campus. 

Do you want to learn more about the study options at Essex? Contact us for more information about studying law in the UK.


Student population: 15,000

Number of international students: 40%

City population: 180,000

Location: three campuses, all located within one hour of central London. The largest campus is located in a suburban setting in Colchester

Closest airports: London Stansted (1 hour), London Heathrow (2 hours)

Date of establishment:1964

Areas of expertise: Politics, Human Rights, Economics, Sociology and Art History

Cost of Tuition per year: From £16,850 per year (2021/22)

Accommodation cost: starting cost per week, on campus: From £102 per week


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